There has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation around the concept of mandated screening for perinatal mood disorders. Who is mandated to offer screening? And are mothers required to receive it?
The answer is, there is no law in any state or federal bill that mandates mothers to receive screening for postpartum depression. While New Jersey has a law mandating health care facilities to offer screening to new mothers prior to discharge, mothers are not required to receive it. There is no such law in any state in the union. As with any other medical test, the patient must consent to participate.
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